The first day of the season is probably the most exciting time for football fans.
All the talk and pre-season games have gone and snippets have been seen of new players, so expectations are always running high.
If I am brutally honest, I haven’t got a clue how Huddersfield Town will go this season.
On the positives, though, a lot of very well informed punters have backed Town to go very well in the handicap markets and to make the play-offs.
They are very positive about Town going well.
That’s possibly because we saw a couple of years ago that Watford filled their Championship team with what would be regarded as second-tier Italian players (or possibly lower first-tier) and they not only managed comfortably, but ended up getting promoted.
So as I say, the shrewd punters are on Town this year to go well.
Of course, with all these things, it’s not an exact science and the highlight of looking around all 72 Skybet League clubs – as I have done over the past couple of weeks – is to see the incredible turnover of players, both in and out.
More and more clubs are trying to get players on short-term contracts, while the loan system means the bigger clubs are desperate to offload some of their wage bill by lending players out for a year.
Then you have Academy players in the top flight, who clubs are keen to see getting regular first-team football around the Football League.
The huge turnaround of players, and a general lack of stability at clubs, is what brings in the factor of the unknown.
Until we actually start to see the performances and results in a season like this, we really are guessing.
For the record, the first day of the season always brings back happy memories of Town for me.
For one day I managed to top the Championship scoring charts after a first-day hat trick against Millwall.
It was 3-3 deep into stoppage time when the ball was pumped forward and I jumped with the Millwall keeper, expecting to get clattered.
Instead, he punch the ball against the back of my head and it trickled over the line – so we had our win and I had my hat trick!
Let’s hope Town get a win against Brentford. Who cares whether it’s 4-3 or 1-0? Let’s just get those three points!